While the NRC is responsible for licensing the nuclear material only in the U.S., we are also very active internationally – especially with helping other countries develop nuclear and radiological regulatory programs covering both safety and security.
In 2010, the NRC participated in the first international Nuclear Security Summit, convened by President Obama, which focused on how to better safeguard weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism. The participating countries at the summit agreed to work cooperatively as an international community to advance nuclear security and advocate for strong nuclear security practices around the globe — with the NRC leading the effort for the U.S.
That summit was followed this year, in March, with a similar conference held in Korea. There, the U.S. committed to hosting the first-ever Nuclear Regulators Security Conference. That conference is scheduled for Dec. 4 through 6 in Rockville, Md. Its goal is to enhance awareness of the importance of comprehensive national regulatory security programs, and to build relationships between world-wide regulatory entities with responsibility for nuclear and radioactive materials security.
Topics at the conference will include:
• establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, legal and regulatory framework to protect and secure nuclear and radioactive materials;
• creating methodologies for design basis threats and threat assessments;
• best practices for information protection and cyber security;
• establishing programs to ensure personnel trustworthiness and reliability; and
• a special session on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) International Physical Protection Advisory Service missions.
Confirmed speakers include: John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Yukiya Amano, Director General, IAEA; and NRC Chairman Allison M. Macfarlane.
This conference is open to the public and free, but space is limited – and pre-registration is required.Nancy Fragoyannis Senior Level Advisor for Nonproliferation and International Nuclear Security